Release Date: October 27th, 2006 (Quad Cinema) by TLA Releasing.
The Cast: Monica Cervera, Pablo Puyol, Miguel O'Dogherty, Concha Galan, Lola Duenas, Pilar Bardem, Rossy de Palma, Najwa Nimri, Richard Shaw, Inma Olmos.
Directed by Ramón Salazar.
In Spanish with subtitles.
BASIC PREMISE: Marieta (Cervera), a narcoleptic transsexual, struggles to pay for an operation that would get rid of her 20 centimeter penis while having a romance with a sexy stud, El Reponedor (Puyol) who doesn’t mind her remaining male organ.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: 20 Centimeters boasts a radiant, performance by Monica Cervera as Marieta, a narcoleptic transsexual who breaks into song-and-dance during her dreams. Marieta, a.k.a. Adolfo, shares an apartment with a midget, Tomas (O’Dogherty). Marieta’s panache and charisma makes her come across as a lively, likable and memorable character. Eventually, she spends more time with her new hunky boyfriend, El Reponedor. To pay for her operation to remove those 20 centimeters down below, she gets a job as a railroad station janitor. Even with a clichéd love triangle involving Tomas, Marieta and El Reponedor, 20 Centimeters feels consistently refreshing and surprising thanks to writer/director Ramón Salazar’s decision to include the lively and even humorous musical numbers as well as vibrant Technicolor visuals. Occasionally, the drama feels like a soap opera, but without a single dull moment. Fans of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Science of Sleep and Pedro Almodovar films will get a big kick out this wildly entertaining film.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: Vibrant, refreshing and wildly entertaining. Monica Cervera gives a radiant performance.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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